Column: Fun rules make Stripe-R-Rama a must-fish

Applications for Stripe-R-Rama 19, the Kingman areas largest overnight team striper fishing tournament, are now being accepted, according to Stripe-R-Rama tournament director Johnnie Hoeft.

Hoeft said the very popular fishing tournament, which will be June 5-6 out of South Cove on Lake Mead, is again being sponsored by local hotel/motel magnate John Patel. Hoeft noted that anglers will see the same format that has made this a must-fish tournament local anglers won't want to miss.

First of all, this is a pick-your-own-partner event. It is popular with married couples and has proven to be a winning combination in the past. Just ask Kingman residents Gayron and Dianna Hopper, who won the annual event in 2009. In the past, former Stripe-R-Rama director Fred Proudfoot and his wife Carole were also winners, as were Dan and Jackie Reed.

But many of the teams that enter are simply best friends who want to share a night out on the water and catch fish. No matter who you fish with, it is a fun tournament. Here are some of the basic rules for this tournament:

• The fees are $60 if they are paid by May 22, and personal checks are welcome. After that, it will cost $70 and the fees must be paid in cash only.

Hoeft noted that entries will be taken right up to the start of the tournament, but in no case will entries be accepted after the 7 p.m. start.

• Boats are set out in the order entries are received, so the sooner you enter, the quicker you will leave the dock once the tournament has starts.

• The awards anglers can win are many. Trophies and/or plaques plus cash will be given out based upon the total number of entries.

Last year, there were 49 teams in the tournament, and this year, Hoeft expects that he might reach 60 boats. The way it works is that the more entries Hoeft has in the tournament, the more places he pays.

Winners are determined by the team that checks in the heaviest bag of stripers. Only 40 fish can be checked in by a team. Fish are weighed and anglers are required to keep the fish on ice to keep them from spoiling.

Awards are also paid for the two heaviest stripers brought to the scale. Another award is given to the angler that catches the largest non-striper, whether it is a largemouth bass, catfish or even an old bugle-mouth carp.

• Any legal form of angling is allowed. So if you want to troll, use bait, cast lures, it doesn't matter in this tournament.

There are a couple of civic groups and/or individuals who will be at the weigh-in who will take any stripers that are not wanted. There is no limit on stripers under 20 inches long on Lake Mead, and in the past, less than 5 percent of the fish caught in the tournament exceeded that length. There is a limit of 20 stripers over 20 inches long that can be kept by anglers.

To enter, contact Hoeft at 716-2616, or e-mail him at guidehunter@hotmail.com

Applications can also be picked up at Days Inn (West), Wal-Mart, On-Target Enterprises, Accurate Arms & Ammo and Bank Street Guns.